Weekly Photo Challenge: Focus, Take Two

By Vladimir Brezina

This week’s Photo Challenge is Focus.

Isolating the main subject in sharp focus against a blurry background is often the beginning of a powerful photograph. But it’s easy to then lose sight of the fact that the blurry background is still there and can make or break the photo, no less than the main subject. It’s helpful to forget that the photo is of something and see it instead, for a moment, just as a two-dimensional plane of abstract shapes and colors…

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The first Focus post was here.

80 responses to “Weekly Photo Challenge: Focus, Take Two

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  2. Really like the first photo!

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  3. So pretty! Those colours…

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  4. fabulous collection. ;)

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  5. Me as well, I love the first one!!!

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  7. These are some of your best yet.

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  8. A very nice presentation, almost like a tutorial with interesting aspects, thanks a lot, Vladimir! Have a great weekend.
    Dina

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  10. very nice gallery!

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  11. You have submitted beautiful examples for this week’s challenge.

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  13. Absolutely lovely, Vlad.

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  14. Beautiful collection of shots!

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  15. Very beautiful pictures!
    Lovely shots!
    Thank you for sharing.

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  16. The reds are beautiful!

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  17. I love autumn. It is my favorite time of the year. This is my pereception of a photo in focus. I like it very much :)

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  18. Stunning gallery illustrating the challenge perfectly!

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  22. striking autumn gallery vlad!

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  23. Such beautiful examples Vlad! Love them all :-)

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  25. Love the first one Vlad. Fall is upon us!

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  27. Love those Autumn colours!
    Thanks ~ del

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  30. Very nice! I expected water/sailing/kayaking photos and loved these (although I love the others, too.)

    janet

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  31. You’re right that the background should be foremost in our mind. And speaking of a photograph as an abstract display in two dimensions, I came across a passage by G.K. Chesterton from his 1908 book Orthodoxy that contains this thought: “The artist loves his limitations: they constitute the THING he is doing. The painter is glad that the canvas is flat.”

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    • That’s very true! There is also Clement Greenberg’s emphasis on flatness… Thanks, Steve!

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      • And thanks for that article, which I just read.

        I used to make side-by-side stereo pairs. Each half is completely flat, yet the brain creates a “real” illusion of depth by looking at the two halves together. I wonder if Greenberg ever had anything to say about that. When I visited the Dalí Museum in Figueres in 1985, I noticed that Dalí had done some side-by-side stereo paintings.

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        • It seems that Greenberg acknowledged the brain’s natural tendency to create three-dimensional perceptions from the two-dimensional surface, but argued that it’s precisely the opposition to that tendency, seen most clearly of course in abstract art, that distinguishes it as art.

          It’s interesting to try to translate that argument to photography, which most people unquestioningly take as representational, and which indeed has taken over the old representational functions of painting.

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  32. The light, color, and textures are wonderful!

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  33. Absolutely beautiful, just gorgeous!

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  34. Love that last image :)

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  35. Love the first one, too :) didn’t you use the last one for another weekly photo challenge? In the background, I think…

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  36. Lovely photographs.
    Thank you for liking my Forgiveness Window poem.

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  38. Beautiful, thanks:)

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